Joseph Mapes is a third-generation tailor. As the owner of Oliver & Rowan Bespoke in Chicago, he makes fully bespoke men’s clothing – suits, pants, shirts, coats, and accessories made from paper patterns precisely cut for each individual client’s measurements. Bespoke is the pinnacle of tailoring, but Joe never planned to become a tailor. In our interview with Joe, we talk about:
Growing up in a family of makers
The advantages of bespoke tailoring, how it differs from off-the-rack and made-to-measure clothing, and why it is a “dying trade”
The personal relationships of tailoring
The transition from employment to entrepreneurship and the decision to start his own business
Taking pride in quality work and the problem of consistency when offshoring
To say that Bill Van Loo is multi-talented would be underselling things. Though Bill has switched careers several times over, he is coming up on a decade of teaching. Bill works as a technology and engineering teacher at A2STEAM, a public K-8 school in Ann Arbor, MI. In his personal life, Bill is a photographer, musician, lifetime learner, and maker. This interview with Bill covers a range of topics, including:
– STEM/STEAM programs and their role in eliminating the Skills Gap
– Integrating different domains, especially engineering and the arts
– Learning from failure (and being willing to fail)
– Taking pleasure from small successes
– The evolution of technology, education, and technology education
A machinist by trade, Tony Rouleau specializes in custom CNC fabrication and design work through his company, Hillview Wood and Metal. Tony’s perspective gives him a unique perspective on the maker movement and its role in bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. In our chat with Tony, we discuss:
– How he became a machinist, his influences and inspirations
– Stigma of the trades and the biases of guidance counselors
– The skills gap and the offshoring of skilled labor
– Theory vs. practical experience and the importance of lifetime learning
– Small scale manufacturing and job shops in the era of 3D printing
– Talent, creativity, and problem solving
– The many different areas of machining knowledge and the need for collaboration
Tony creates some amazing branding irons from his customer’s artwork. Here are are a few recent client pieces that they will use to leave a lasting impression on the pieces they make:
The guest for this episode is Phil Pinsky. He is a maker, a podcaster, and content creator on YouTube. Together with co-hosts Bill Lutes and Tim Sway, Phil discusses life as a maker, both part time and full time, on a great podcast called Reclaimed Audio. Reclaimed Audio can be found in iTunes.
Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of InventablesTM, the hardware store for designers. The company is attempting to bring manufacturing from the factory to the desktop making it as accessible as desktop publishing. Inventables sells machines and supplies for custom manufactures to make products ranging from jewelry and signs to furniture.
Kaplan has spoken on product development and innovation to audiences at conferences across the country, including the Technology Entertainment and Design Conference (TED), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, National Plastics Exposition, Sensors Expo & Conference and the International Housewares Show. His work has been covered by Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR and other leading media outlets. In 2006 he was honored by Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry as a Modern Leonardo da Vinci and currently sits on the advisory committee for the Fast Forward exhibit and a board member at the Tinkering Lab of the Children’s Museum.
Prior to Inventables he created Lever Works, a custom web application and hosting company that sold to Leo Media, a multimedia firm, in 2001. He holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Bob Clagett is the guest. Bob likes to make all sorts of stuff, with all sorts of materials. His videos are a great resource for teaching, inspiring and empowering others to make the stuff that they want to have. Bob’s hope is that you will see something in his videos that will inspire you to make something that you’re passionate about.
Check out how Bob made his own custom arcade cabinet to run retro games on a Raspberry Pi
Check out how Bob made a hidden door for a secret room
From the NYC CNC page: “NYC CNC was started in 2007 when John purchased a TAIG desktop CNC milling machine for his Manhattan apartment. John had been trying to bring a product to market and struggled working with machine shops for one-off prototypes and tweaks. He started a now-popular YouTube Channel documenting successes & failures while learning the many skillsets of machining and fabrication. NYC CNC has since grown out of Manhattan to a proper shop with a Tormach PCNC 1100 CNC Mill, an Emco V13 lathe, a 4’x4′ CNC Plasma Cutter and various of machining and fabrication equipment. We are grateful to those who have helped us get where we are and we enjoy paying it forward.”
From working along side his father for most of his life, earning a bachelors degree in Commercial Arts, being featured on Mike Rowe’s new show “Somebodys Gotta Do It”, to demonstrating at conferences and being pretty active online…Rory has a lot to talk about.
Paul Jackman is the guest this week. He is a maker, a woodworker, a degreed civil engineer, and (of late) a content creator on YouTube.
In this episode we will hear how Paul earned a thorough technical school education first, and then, with some experience in the trade, he went on to attack college. We will also hear about his very determinate goal for paying for college.